Hey Jim, for a second there I thought you had me sitting handcuffed in
a police interrogation room. I certainly wasn't going to respond to
anything starting with "How the hell...", as I wouldn't expect you or
anyone else to either. But given this, I'll explain my take on "Sin
City" as hardboiled pulp with noir archetypes.
Too me the stories in Sin City were pure hardboiled pulp but were
populated with exaggerated prototypes or ideas of characters typically
found in a noir work. Marv, the framed and double-crossed criminal
fighting for his life, Hartigan, betrayed by his fellow cops, and
willing to sacrifice his life for the beautiful girl. Maybe if these
characters weren't so exaggeratedly drawn I might've looked at these
stories as noir, but as it was these characters were more what I'd
consider archetypes from a noir universe. Hope that's clear.
--- In email@example.com, JIM DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
> Re my comment below:
> "Oh, I bet I know. 'It has a dark, sinister atmosphere, but if I
admit that's the defining element of noir, I'll be agreeing with Jim, so I'll just weasle out by referring to "noir archetypes that are somehow not noir in themselves" and hope nobody calls me on it.'"
> As I read that over now it has a meaner-spirited tone than I thought
it did when I sent it.
> Without taking back the substance of the comments, I do apologize if
it sounded less in the spirit of good-natured give-and-take than I was going for.
> JIM DOHERTY
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